Undercastle Cottage, New Forest, Hampshire
Ponies and wild deer will be your neighbors in this remote, dog-friendly, New Forest thatched cottage with two bedrooms and wood-burning stove, tucked away at the bottom of a woodland path. Two other guests can stay in the Fishing Lodge across the terrace, with rolling gardens overlooking the River Avon, home to otters. Close to the village of Fordingbridge, walk or cycle through the magical New Forest right from the front door.
One week stay from £ 1,570 in low season; undercastlecottage.co.uk; thenewforest.co.uk
The tree house of the Templars, Pembrokeshire
Tucked away in the woods along an old water mill valley, this is definitely one the kids will love. The rustic tree house features leather armchairs, a wood stove, underfloor heating, and a swivel slide back to the ground floor hot tub. Part of Melin Mabes, this fantastic four-acre glamping park is also home to an ancient gypsy caravan called Mabel, complete with a runaway horse and a UFO pod that glows at night.
Four beds, two nights in November cost £ 436; hipcamp.com
Garden Cottage, Wootton, border between Derbyshire and Staffordshire
Nestled in Staffordshire’s remote Dove Valley, 10 minutes from the Peak District, this former pumping house is now a quintessentially English three-bedroom cottage on the Wootton Hall property on the borders of Derbyshire and Staffordshire. A hidden gate leads from the cottage garden to the romantic Woodland Gardens of Wootton Hall, a 12-acre heather arboretum that owner Johnny Greenall has creatively restored since 1998. Rousseau spent a year writing the Confessions in the original 18th century Wootton Hall; there is a walkway named in honor of him, despite being a hot-tempered guest of the house. The beautiful gardens possess a fairytale and otherworldly tranquility, mixing native oak and ash trees with more exotic plantings: Vietnamese walnuts and a rare Wollemi pine or dinosaur tree that dates back to prehistoric times. It is closed to the public, but diners at the outstanding gastropub and boutique inn Duncombe Arms can enter for five pounds.
Garden Cottage sleeps six, three night minimum stay, from £ 725; Duncombearms.co.uk
Hudnalls Hideout, St Briavels Common, Gloucestershire
Dive into this peaceful and luxurious A-frame tree house with floating gas fire inside and huge terrace with outdoor copper bathtub and hearth. The tree house is tucked away in a yew wood near St Briavels Common. Nearby, a flowery meadow leads to Offa’s Dyke trail and the River Wye. Entertainment in the tree is provided by a bird feeder hung at eye level in front of the king-size bed on the mezzanine, reached via a spiral staircase. Bird watching binoculars and a telescope for stargazing are provided, as well as a welcome basket of local produce.
Stay from £ 450 per night, minimum two nights; hudnallshideout.co.uk
Treehouses in Lanrick, Perthshire
Five eco-friendly family tree houses on the banks of the River Teith merge into the private woodland of Lanrick Estate, an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh and situated on the edge of the Trossachs National Park. Watch the red kites and ospreys from your outdoor bath on the deck or relax inside with a wood burning stove.
Treehouses can accommodate two adults and two children (on the sofa bed), two nights from £ 320; lanricktreehouses.co.uk
The Bothy, Knepp Castle Estate, Horsham, West Sussex
This bothy, a former dairy for three cows, is located in an ancient wood in the rebel park surrounding Knepp Castle. With two beds, the rustic cabin includes a small living area with a grand country-house style, including antique sideboards, four-poster bed and wood-burning stove. The cedar wood walls have been clad with planks of 300-year-old trees that did not survive the 1987 storm. Owls and deer will keep you company, and a network of walks through Knepp’s 3,500-acre estate offers five viewing platforms of the trees.
One week minimum stay, £ 140 per night; knepp.co.uk
The Forest Side Hotel, Grasmere, Cumbria
A secluded 20-bedroom Victorian Gothic mansion, the elegant Forest Side Hotel just outside Grasmere in the Lake District is set in 43 acres of woodland above Alcock Tarn. Home to roe deer and red squirrels, foxgloves and sorrel grow on its underside, and you can see trees through every window and even on the bird wallpaper in the bar of this award winning Michelin-starred tree retreat.
B&B from £ 199 per night; theforestside.com
Woodland Types and Yurts, Hereford
Eleven acres of ancient woodland and a valley of meadows are home to three yurts and two types at this full-service car-free campground near Forest of Dean and Malvern Hills. Squat with sheepskin rugs and a wood stove, or toast marshmallows by the fire, or if you’re feeling more energetic you may tire yourself and the kids on rope ladders and swinging ropes.
Types and yurts vary in size, sleeping two to six people, from £ 125 per night; hipcamp.com
White Willow, Delamere Forest, Frodsham, Cheshire
White Willow Premium Treehouses offer grilling comfort in luxurious two- and three-bedroom cabins with log fires. Floor-to-ceiling windows open onto decks with hot tub, pizza oven, refrigerator, and BBQ. Each well-equipped and modern cabin has wifi and a fully integrated kitchen and is nestled in the UK’s largest wooded area, so you are totally oblivious to the camp’s other 66 cabins, located on 2,400 acres on the Cheshire Plain. Enjoy walks or e-bike rides (available to rent) around Old Pale Hill, a 10.5-mile circular trail, or the quivering swamp of Black Lake.
Four-night midweek stay, starting at £ 615 for a two-bedroom White Willow Premium cabin; Forestholidays.co.uk
Log Jam, Little Menherion, Redruth, Cornwall
A writer’s retreat complete with typewriter inside and shelves of books for inspiration, this atmospheric log cabin for two is set in 12 acres of budding woodland near Redruth in West Cornwall. Inside you’ll find a wood stove, leather sofa and king size bed, while on the outside deck there’s a fire pit, rocking chair and hammock. Wrap yourself in a blanket and sit outside and listen to the abundance of owls, cuckoos and woodpeckers.
Two beds, three night minimum stay, from £ 135 per night; hipcamp.com